When it comes to the history of the Jewish people, one of the most saddening events to happen to them is the Holocaust. Their plight was so dreadful that after the end of World War II, the United Nations – as a show of condolence for their suffering – reformed the Jewish state of Israel and gave it back to its people. Today, there is news that seems to show the world has a disdain for the same people who suffered back during the horrific Holocaust.
The Inquisitr reported on such news that includes the possibility of common core – the new educational standards in the United States – removing the Holocaust from history as if it never existed along with numerous people around the world calling for the extermination of the Jews. A student representing the Muslim Student Association, or MSA, is an example when she agreed with Hezbollah’s desire to get all Jews to Israel so that they can eradicate them all easily.
Though today’s antisemitism is becoming a popular view, during the Nazi regime, they tried their hardest to hide their atrocities against the Jews. We all know the truth has been uncovered, but there are still shadows of one of the darkest times for the Jewish people still hidden. Recent news now has uncovered one of those shadows as archaeologists uncover a secret in Poland that Nazis never wanted to be found: gas chambers.
First, we must report that by now, people who have taken social studies in the American school system (public or private) know about concentration camps and we know that gas chambers were utilized too. However, details of the Sobibor Death Camp in Poland are limited. According to the Huffington Post, Germans tried to erase all traces of the death camp when it closed down following the uprising it had on October 14, 1943. One of their methods of erasing the camp’s existence was demolishing the gas chambers and building an asphalt road right on top of them.
Now that the gas chambers have been uncovered, they can establish from the lines of bricks, laid four deep, to determine a precise picture of how many people were murdered at the camp as stated by one of the archaeologists, Yoram Haimi.
“Finally, we have reached our goal – the discovery of the gas chambers. We were amazed at the size of the building and the well-preserved condition of the chamber walls.”
The Blaze also reported on the discovery in which they state that Yoram Haimi has a personal connection to the grisly discovery. Two of his uncles were reportedly captured by Germans and later killed at the Sobibor Death Camp. Also, a very dismal description of how the camp operated was given by another archaeologist, Wojciech Mazurek.
“The extermination of people took place there; murder by smoke from an engine that killed everyone within 15 minutes in these gas chambers, in torment, shouting. It is said that … the Nazis even bred geese in order to drown out these shouts so that prisoners could not have heard these shouts, these torments.”
More research is being done at the camp, but the discovery of the gas chambers is surely a step forward. Because the camp was destroyed, and only fifty prisoners were able to escape, very little is known about the Sobibor Death Camp.
[Images via Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research]